Too hot for her job?

A woman is suing Citigroup, claiming she was fired because she's just too attractive.

By Kim Peterson Jun 2, 2010 1:55PM

Bank © Charles Smith/CorbisOne news story has really hit the trifecta of poor taste this week.

First, you have the woman whose ego is so colossal that she thinks she was fired from Citigroup (C) for being too hot. Next, there's a crazy 20-picture photo spread in the Village Voice to prove that she is indeed smoking (and yes, she is).

Finally, there's her inevitable lawsuit against the bank, in which she claims her bosses couldn't concentrate because of her hotness and banned her from wearing turtlenecks, pencil skirts, 3-inch heels or fitted business suits. (What's left, a muumuu?)

It's an amusing lawsuit, clearly engineered to give Debrahlee Lorenzana her 15 minutes of fame and embarrass Citigroup. The case will never see public light: Her employment agreement contained a mandatory-arbitration clause that sends this case directly to an arbitrator, not a judge or jury, the Voice reports.


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Lorenzana claims the harassment began shortly after she took the $70,000-a-year job as a business banker at a Citigroup branch. She says she wasn't given enough training, and was instead told to go out and attract new clients. The clients she did bring in, she told the Voice, were handed off to male colleagues.

Lorenzana said her managers told her to wear looser clothing, and made constant comments about her appearance. She said she contacted the company's human resources office several times and was eventually transferred to another bank branch. Within a month, she was fired. (More details are in the Voice article).

Too bad we won't hear the final ruling in this lawsuit. But something tells me we haven't seen the last of Lorenzana. Reality television shows were made for people like her.

Commenters on the Voice article are split on the issue. "This woman clearly has a case of discrimination," writes one. "No matter how attractive she is, and she IS attractive, as long as she stays within the bounds of business attire, she should be allowed to wear what she wants."
Others were not so tolerant. "If she insists on dressing like a hooker, showing off half-nude breast implants as she does in these photos, she is an offense to women and needs to learn a different orientation to self-valuing," writes another reader.
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